McComsey Career Development Center
Visual Arts : Fibers/Textiles

Processes, Techniques and Specific Knowledge Areas

__Construction techniques

  • spinning and yarn construction
  • sewing
  • weaving (threading looms, tapestry, patterning)
  • computerized

__Treatments

  • Batik
  • tie-dye
  • natural/chemical dyeing
  • silk painting
  • screen printing/silkscreen processes
  • hand printing
  • Shibori
  • embellishing

__Adhesives

  • methylcellulose
  • sizing

__Fibers/plants

  • properties
  • harvesting
  • preparing
  • finishing

__Design techniques:

  • graph/spec for garments
  • pattern elements (scale, character)
  • human anatomy/physiology
  • layout
  • drafting

__Paper techniques:

  • alternative processes
  • archival processes
  • paper treatments
  • watermarking
  • hand manipulation
  • sculpture
  • armature building (stacked sheet, exposed, modeling)
  • papyrus
  • casting
  • embossing
  • calendaring
  • large format
  • Western vs. non-Western
  • pulp spraying

__Mold-making for casting

  • plaster
  • flexible (rubber/silicone)
  • epoxy
  • found object

__Felt-making techniques
__Fabric/textile analysis
__Textile restoration
__Computer-manipulated textile design
__Weaving for sculpture, fabric, or rug

Materials, Equipment and Technology

__Computer software

  • NedGraphics
  • Monarch/Pointcarre
  • InfoDesign

__Looms

  • harness
  • Jaquard
  • automatic/computer

__Non-Western papermaking tools

  • sugeta
  • handbeaters
  • blocks
  • presses
  • felts

__Western papermaking tools

  • mold
  • deckle
  • hydraulic press
  • felts

__Hollander Beater
__Natural and synthetic fibers
__Vacuum table/large format tools
__Punch card machines
__Knitting machines
__Harvesting tools
__Dyes/chemicals/additives